May 3, 2017 Subject:
brilliant first half of the second set
July 1, 2015 Subject:
I remember when got the tapes of this show from my west coast connection...SOOO HAPPY! A very fun show with a nice start with the Big Boy Pete..I started going to shows in the early 80's so I can be partial to the Brent era..85' was such a fun year with some exciting well played shows..even if Jerry's voice was off at times!! I love the job Healy did at the mixing board in 85'.. Most of the soundboards are superb and this is one off them. A solid show from start to finish...Give it a whirl
December 25, 2014 Subject:
Settle down easy...
A good show with great sound.
I like Garcia's tune selection from start to finish.
Yes, Jerry has the raspy voice but not a Fisherman's Friend emergency by any means.
They give him the Chula Vista cruiser here and there like in Might as Well.
First set is HOT!
The 2nd set is even more amped up.
the Shakedown>Crazy Fingers (strange but cool bedfellows for 1985)
Of special note is the P.I.T.B which starts mid-set. The jam here brings back happy memories of the early 70's.
Jerry goes for SHE BELONGS TO ME and to me that was one of the best ballads of 85.
Other1>Wharf Rat>Playing reprise>Gimme Some Lovin>Midnight Hour
Very generous and very wide open. The Playing reprise just flows! Both GIMME and MIDNIGHT HOUR are great!!!Phil goes "Going to kick ass, like everybody should"
e) Walking the Dog This is very sharp, the Dead are crisp and grooving, The version I heard on the East Coast did not have half the mojo this one does.
I bumped this up to a 5 because it is an outstanding show with great sound with excellent tune selection and well played!!!
November 29, 2013 Subject:
She Belongs To Me >Drums
Wow WTF Wow that's all Just Freakin Wow more stars than you can see Just Wow Jerry Garcia Wow
November 25, 2013 Subject:
My only gripe about this show is it sounds like Jerry smoked an entire carton of cigarettes before the concert. The setlist of this show is what makes it a winner. "Big Boy Pete" is a wonderful surprise 25 years after it was played last. "She Belongs to Me" is beautiful. "Walking the Dog" encore? This show is special from start to finish. Five stars for the setlist, the performance, and of course, the beautiful CM transfer. Amazing for 1985 or any year. A keeper for sure.
September 29, 2010 Subject:
The next night
So here we are - Last night was so satisfying, it could have been a one show run - but I got walked into this show by Steve Marcus, right through the front door of the Kaiser on a rainy night in November with nothing but the shirt on my back and a smile on my face - Willy caught my eye as Steve held open the side door, as if to say, "Whoever you are, boy, have a great time, 'cause you're lucky as hell..." - with a pass slapped to my shirt and no stub in my pocket, I headed to the backstage bar to get a beer- and got caught standing in line when Bob first broke with the BBP - undaunted, I abandoned my quest for alcohol and slithered from the side curtain into a position pressed against the wall in front of Phil - slowly but surely to spend the rest of the set maneuvering my way into the center front for this exceptional event - The Kaiser was one of those great venues that the Dead played in the 80's, along with the Greek and the Frost, where no matter where you found yourself, it was a great place to be - both figuratively and metaphorically - This show is my top ONE - best I ever saw - and that's out of more that 100 - I've listened to this recording many, many times to confirm this status, and have yet to be dissuaded - The second set is as they say, "seamless" - in this case this refers to not only the recording but the performance - listen to the very last guitar notes before drums, as Jerry lets you know that they will return with Other One after a smoke and a drink - this is the peak of the 80's, by this reviewer's measure, and I'm proud to share it with you...